Hi friends! I hope you are all having a fantastic Thursday. I am almost in shock that the wedding is just two days away! While I love you guys and all that mushy stuff…obvi blogging is not my main focus right now. Rather than put up a bunch of crappier than usual posts or not post anything at all, I asked a few blog friends to share some of their wisdoms with you! Nicole blogs over at theGirlWhoRanEverywhere.com and, well, she runs everywhere, in all kinds of conditions. Who better to talk about how to train when training gets tough?!
Training for a marathon is hard.
Like really hard. When you click that “submit” button for your race, you’re not always thinking about the months of preparation and training that await you. Oh no…you, my friend-you’re all hopped up on pre-training adrenaline that was awarded to you by saying YES to the marathon.
Marathon training: If it was easy-everyone would be doing it.
My long run this weekend sucked. I don’t know if it was because I just ran a marathon a week ago, if I was just overtired, or if it was solely based on the rumbling noises I could hear constantly in my stomach. Me+Running were just not jiving.
Marathon training: It certainly isn’t for everyone.
In 2013, 417,530 people finished a marathon. To humanize that statistic: the City of Boston is home to about 600,000 people. So, if about 75% of the city runs and completes a marathon…that number would represent the 213 totals. For the whole country.
So. We know by that number that marathon training/running a marathon isn’t for everyone. Truly, there are days when you slog through miles and times during your training when you will absolutely want to quit. This winter alone has left me
crying running on my treadmill wayyy more than I would’ve liked. Weather has a funny way of throwing off your mind, don’t you agree?
Your training will throw all sorts of obstacles at you. Blacktoes(I always say that in a pirate voice, just a little FYI), chaffing(this can be seriously painful), sore feet, exhaustion… These are things that might just come your way. You will come across some runs/days where running and you feel less like a partnership, and much more like work. That glorious vision of you that once danced before your eyes..you know, the one where you are running so fast that you end up winning the race? (is that just my vision??) Sometimes this vision gets fuzzy, or completely forgotten.
Yet, you will still keep running…because you know that…
…Not all of your runs will be run equally.
I will give you a terrific example of this: As I already told you, yesterday was my long run day. Ughhhhh. It was terrible. It took me 2:30 to run 14 miles. Two weeks ago, I ran 18 miles in 2:20. Seriously?? What’s the deal? A bad run can make you question if you are really a runner. But…
…Whilst I was slogging through my long run, there was probably 12 times per a mile that I wanted to quit, and go home. Yesterday just wasn’t for me. I had to beat that voice DOWN with my “inner hammer”, and I’m not gonna lie to you:it wasn’t easy. But..
…I know that not every single run will make me feel like I’m Rocky as I champion through the mean streets of Philadelphia. I won’t always hit a PR or feel a runners high. And as much as I hated this crap-tastic run..I have to admit, I appreciate it.
Why do I appreciate it? Because…
…If you never have a bad run, how will you know when you’ve had a good one? It’s runs like these where I know what I am made of. When I was through, I could say these things afterwards:
I am tough.
I am not a quitter.
I am a runner. And I am in…
…Marathon Training: if you are training for one, then you are already aware of the reason why you keep coming back for more during this crazy journey:
- You know that there are those amazing-knock-your-socks-off runs that leave you grinning like an idiot afterwards.
- You are aware of the famed “runners high” that lasts you all day(I’ve actually had a runners high that has carried me through several days) Those runs make me keep on coming back for more.
- You are aware that a truly GREAT run has the ability to stick with you until the time you have your Next Great Run.
When you are going through a rough patch, or have had a bad day, I really urge you to get back to basics. Ask yourself a couple of important questions:
- WHY is it that you wanted this marathon in the first place. Is it a time goal? Running for someone else? Proving you can do it? Find you WHY, and never forget it.
- WHAT was your reason for signing up? Whatever your driver is…find it. Keep it in your brain in BOLD PRINT so you never forget it.
I never forget my own goals. I do what I do because I want to stay proud of myself.
..I never forget that I once ran a 6 1/2 hour marathon, and that my most recent PR is a 3:45.
..I never forget that I have a goal of breaking 3:30 in a marathon.
. And lastly, I never forget that I can do ANYTHING 8 put my mind to…because..
I am a runner.
Run Free, Run Strong, my friends!
Nicole Bedard is the author of The Girl Who Ran Everywhere. You can also find her on Twitter and